quote: ecoboost is nothing but combining direct injection with turbochargers, something GM did in 2008 with the cobalt SS
quote: GM on the other hand still has not shown much in the way of innovation, because they DIDN'T look forward and get better technologies in the development pipeline.
quote: But perhaps the ultimate irony is it’s GM, long the Silicon Valley poster-child for all that’s wrong with the auto industry, that’s poised to launch a car that may be more significant than anything Tesla is ever likely to build. The Chevy Volt is a thoughtful, innovative, technically advanced vehicle; the prototypes we’ve driven confirm it cleverly combines the best attributes of an electric motor and the gasoline internal-combustion engine. Disruptive technology? Sorry, Elon, there’s more at GM than Tesla.
quote: Now a breakthrough in the oil rings that line the cylinder head in gas engines
quote: Admittedly, gasoline automobile engine at the turn of the millennium was disappointingly inefficient. While there had been great advances in digital control and performance tuning, the base efficiency of the engine proved relatively similar to designs of two decades prior.
quote: If we accept the new piston rings reduce friction 15 percent then we still have vital information missing in order to make claims about possible impact on fuel economy. Are the 15% a figure based to the total friction in an engine or is it 15% less friction than normal piston rings?
quote: The patented oil ring tech, known as an LKZ ring, not only can reduce oil consumption by 50 percent, but also reduces frictional losses by 15 percent (compared to standard conventional oil ring designs) .
quote: Think the standard gas engine can't measure up to hybrid vehicle performance? A new gasoline engine breakthrough, along with recent innovations may invalidate that premise.
quote: Tiny change to engine could offer better lubrication for a more pleasurable experience
quote: This story is coming from a Ford lover and is really stretching the oil rings part of the story.
quote: And you've got to give Ford some credit for staying economically independent and not having to go before the government begging for a bailout.
quote: The company avoided the same fate as rivals Chrysler and GM by mortgaging its factories and even the familiar blue oval logo to borrow $23.5 billion before credit markets froze last year.
quote: Ford's steep debt stems mainly from a decision in late 2006 to borrow $23.5 billion to fund its turnaround. While the move helped keep Ford out of bankruptcy, it left it with a debt burden for which it paid $318 in interest for each vehicle it produced in the second quarter. Meanwhile, Ford's two Detroit rivals have relatively little debt thanks to their U.S.-funded reorganizations. As of June 30 2010, Ford's overall automotive debt totaled $27.3 billion
quote: that huge debt also got them brand loyalty by not taking tax payer money
quote: Someone's drinking the Kool-aid.
quote: I'm just giving them credit where credit is due.
quote: "which get up to 100 mi per charge"
quote: "Plus with EVs you have to wait between 1 and 8 hours to recharge"
quote: "You also have to replace the battery every 3-5 years at a cost of up to 15,000 usd."
quote: "Because when you mash your foot down on the gas pedal in the little eco bug prius it uses only its tiny 85hp gasoline engine and not its electric motor..."
quote: More like up to 240 miles. How many times have you driven more than 240 miles in a day? Can't you even conceive of an EV replacing one of the two vehicles in a two vehicle household?
quote: "which get up to 100 mi per charge" More like up to 240 miles. How many times have you driven more than 240 miles in a day? Can't you even conceive of an EV replacing one of the two vehicles in a two vehicle household?
quote: Then there's my personal favorite the hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. The honda clarity has 140bhp, goes 250mi per tank, and the refueling takes about 5 min. not bad stats till you read that when you refuel to get that range your tank must be pressurized to 5000psi with highly flammable hydrogen! At least with gasoline its only the vapors that burn and they have to have the correct fuel air mixture to do so ... hydrogen, the more of it you have the bigger the boom. so technically a good match for today's car culture but realistically a car bomb waiting to happen. Dont let the terrorists find out about these things.